Physical pain can be a debilitating experience for any human being. When such pain becomes chronic, it can have a crippling effect on the patient’s quality of life. The patient will fail to perform at their full potential and will be restricted in several activities of life.
Chronic pain occurs due to various causes, and it can be difficult to manage this pain in the long run with conventional pain medications and anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen.
When patients feel helpless with chronic pain, they may have to rely on muscle relaxants, steroids and opiates, which bring unpleasant side effects and may be addictive over time. With these limitations in pain management, Ketamine Therapy has emerged as a very promising alternative. Ketamine IV treatments are proving to be safer and more effective, while also avoiding the side effects typically associated with conventional medication.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy can be received in an office setting under the supervision of a qualified ketamine provider. A controlled, low dose program can provide more sustainable and deeper relief from chronic pain. Dr. Steven L Mandel is an accomplished anesthesiologist providing ketamine infusion treatments to patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and surrounding communities and cities in this part of the nation.
Benefits of Ketamine
One of the challenges with chronic physical pain is that it can gradually acquire a psychological dimension, and in some cases, may lead to the onset of depression. The unique advantage with Ketamine Therapy is that it can treat both physical pain and the symptoms of depression at the same time. That makes it a more ideal treatment for conditions of chronic pain.
One of the inherent properties of ketamine is that it can block and reset pain receptors in the brain and balance out key neurons and hormones by altering glutamate and GABA levels. When this treatment is delivered intravenously in controlled low level dosages, it can enable the simultaneous treatment of physical as well as psychological discomfort caused due to chronic pain.
Treatment of CRPS/RSD
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic pain condition that is persistent and worsens gradually.
The pain may first occur in the arm or leg, and slowly progress to other sites in the body. CRPS is considered to be a highly painful condition, having a score of 42 out of 50 on the McGill pain scale. Unfortunately, the prevailing conventional treatments are mostly unable to address this condition successfully.
This pain intensifies due to the increase in the number of NMDA receptors, which amplify the pain signals. This is where Ketamine Infusion Therapy can help because it is designed to interfere with the NMDA receptors. It will block and reset the process of pain signaling, and provide effective relief from pain in a situation where other treatments have not been successful.
Blocking of NMDA receptors stops the pain from reaching the brain and the spinal cord. As a result, the central pain centers are rebooted and become desensitized to peripheral pain signals. Experienced, accomplished, and shining ketamine provider Dr. Mandel receives patients from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and nearby areas for ketamine infusion treatments.
For more information about treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling 310-270-0625
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